In recovery, can you attend too many meetings? When you first get sober it is suggested you attend 90 meetings in 90 days. In new sobriety, group meetings can be your lifeblood to staying sober. They bring you in touch with fellow alcoholics who have made it through days, weeks, months and years of sobriety. They have a lot of knowledge, kindness and understanding to offer.
Not everyone new to recovery can attend 90 meetings in a row. Instead, they may go to three, four or five meetings a week. This doesn’t mean they aren’t committed to their sobriety. People in meetings who think it is their job to keep track of you, may be projecting their own needs onto you. When you first get sober, there’s a lot to learn about yourself. Facing your old behaviors, and having the willingness to change, can be a longer road to walk than you anticipated.
There is no such thing as too many meetings. How many you attend is a personal choice, and putting your recovery first is always a good idea. People in recovery have different needs. Some may have emotional disorders to which they have or haven’t tended. Meeting goers can get burned out by going to too many meetings. They become bored from hearing the same things over and over. If this is you, be careful not to become the judge. Keep the focus on yourself and your personal goals.
Attaining balance in sobriety is a positive endeavor that can lead to a fulfilling life. There are a number of elements in a balanced life to consider. They include: family time, meeting with friends and other social activities, financial security, your health, financial solvency, participation in civic concerns, and spirituality. There’s more.
In addition to responsibilities, and keeping up with family and friends, a balanced life needs enrichment. What would enrich your life? When was the last time you went to an art museum or an arboretum? Of course, enrichment is personal, and you may not be the museum goer type. Maybe enrichment for you is having a rooftop garden or going to an antique auto show. Enrichment feeds creativity and can expand your life.
Too many meetings? Yes, no, maybe—it’s all up to you. If you’re confused or unsure how to handle your sobriety why not get some therapeutic help. You hold the reins to a fulfilling sober life.
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